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Carl Barks Library
This page collects information on Another Rainbow's
Carl Barks Library, often abbreviated CBL.
The two parts of this file are on
how to get it and what
changes there are in it, compared to the
original comic books.
The Carl Barks Library consists of ten sets, each containing three
volumes in a slipcase.
Its purpose is to reprint all Disney comics (and covers) by
Carl Barks, nicely sorted by title and issue number.
All except a few exceptions of the stories are in black and white.
The exceptions are
(Scared of Breaking Windows)
I don't know how easy it is to get hold of it nowadays
and what prices you should expect to pay.
Here are some sources for some of the sets though:
Sheriff of Bullet Valley
(Nephews Finicky at Food)
(Worm Holes in Antique)
Trick or Treat
All of the prices are in US dollars and the information comes via
Mark Mayerson and Michael Naiman. I am not connected with any of
these sellers and I would gladly add information here to other sources
for the Library.
Not all stories in the Carl Barks Library are reprinted
and unfortunately the books don't indicate what changes there are.
Here's a summary of those changes compiled by Daniel van Eijmeren,
initiated by Greg Kay.
- The latest Bud Plant Illustrated Books Catalog (September 1996)
- #1 and #2 for $135 each; #4 $200; #6 $150; #7 $210; #8 $135;
#9 $157; #10 $200.
The address is
Bud Plant Comic Art
P.O. Box 1689,
Grass Valley, CA 95945-1689
Phone (916) 273-2166 - Monday to Friday, 9-5 Pacific Time
Fax (916) 273-0915 - 24 hours.
- Bear Mountain Enterprises
- They might have them as well.
1995 they had sets 1, 2, and 3, used but in good condition,
for $75 each or all for $215.
Their address is
Bear Mountain Enterprises
Box 616 Victoria VA
Phone (804) 696-2925
Fax (804) 696 1675
Data by Daniel van Eijmeren, David Gerstein,
Harry Fluks, Mike Pohjola and
Byron Erickson. Also, some very useful data was taken from
Johnny A. Grote's book Carl Barks - Werkverzeichnis der
Comics. (Many thanks to Frank Fabian for supplying
Note: Some changes are done as an effort by the editors to correct
some changes which have been made before the first print of a story
Trick or Treat for example), other changes don't omit/change
the art itself (which is the case with
The Golden River). Those
changes are marked with
Some people may wonder what is meant with
restored. It means
that faded (or almost faded) lines in the art were filled in by the
CBL-editors. This might not have been a problem in itself, if it
wasn't done with what looks like thick pens and a lack of a
A note like [CBL01A,189] means that the story is printed in
CBL set I, first volume (A), page 199.
- Set I
- OS 29:
The Hard Loser [CBL01A,189]
- Restored, although all the art looks very muddy.
After this set was printed, the original 1943 proof pages
were discovered. For this reason, the version of the story in
WDC 551 (1991) is far superior to the CBL-version (although
queer in panel 1 of page 7 is changed into
- OS 29:
Too Many Pets [CBL01A,199]
- Restored, although all the art looks very muddy.
- Set II
- OS 238:
Voodoo Hoodoo [CBL02A,016]
The faces of the natives are changed and the sharpened teeth
are removed. The native dialect is deleted. Bombie the Zombie's nose
is changed and the ring in his nose is removed. The
dialogue referring to the ring moving as the correct
answer to the quiz master's question is changed (panel
In panel 8 of page 22, the words "done for" of the
original are replaced with "dead" (as Barks had
- OS 256:
Luck of the North
An Eskimo's dialogue is changed in three panels to become slightly more
grammatical (words have been reordered in the sentence).
(Please note: This may only be the case in the Carl Barks Library in
Color! Can someone check if it's really the case in the b/w CBL set 2?)
- [*] DD 26:
Trick or Treat
A change due to the reconstruction of the story. On page 1,
the caption of panel 2 is shortened.
The original caption is not shown, but its text is
mentioned in accompanying article.
- [*] DD 26: (Frightful Face)
- Panel 7 is stretched in width a little, this to reconstruct Barks'
original layout. This panel was shortened by Western to make room for a
narrow text box calling attention to a cut-out Halloween mask on the
comic's back cover.
- [*] DD 45: (Dogcatcher Duck)
On page 5, the 3rd and 4th tiers (panels 7-8 and 5-6) are switched to
reconstruct Barks' original intention. Western mixed up these tiers while
cutting out two pages of artwork from the story.
- Set III
- [*] US 13:
Land Beneath the Ground
Changes due to the reconstruction in the CBL. On panel 5 of
page 4 (originally panel 1 of page 4) the text (and the size?)
of the caption is altered. On panel 5 of page 6 (originally
panel 5 of page 5), the dialogue is slightly changed. Both
changes were made to make the inserting of some survived
unpublished material possible. The original panels are not
shown, but their texts are mentioned in accompanying article.
To make the inserting of a surviving half page possible (as
the first half of page 4), a caption is added in its first
panel. To make this caption fit in the artwork, the layout of
the panel is changed. The original panel is shown in
- US 17:
A Cold Bargain
In the CBL, the Brutopians' high cheekbones are removed. The
rich pig of a duck on panel 6 of page 3 is
rich dog of a duck.
Surprisingly, the story is now reprinted uncensored in Carl
Barks Library in Color album #17.
- US 20:
City of Golden Roofs [CBL03C,741]
On panel 2 and 3 of page 7, the lines suggesting paving-stones
of the sidewalk are removed. (Why?)
- Set IV
- [*] US 22:
The Golden River
Page cut by Barks himself (!) during the making of the story,
is placed back into the story (as page 17). To make this
possible, panel 1 of the original page 17 (now page 18) is
removed. This art is published apart from the story. So, all
art is printed, but not as Barks originally intended it.
- [*] US 33:
Tree Trick [CBL04B,318]
Panel 7 is shortened in at the left and right sides to
reconstruct Barks' original layout. The original panel (twice
as wide) is shown.
- US 33:
Bongo on the Congo [CBL04B,449]
Four panels are censored. On panel 7 of page 7, the heads of
the natives have been changed. Instead of curly black hair,
they now have punk hairstyles, horned helmets and bald
heads. Interesting to note is that Barks himself did the
redrawing of this panel, at the request of the CBL-editors
(the censoring itself was of course not their decision!). On
panels 1 and 3 of page 8, the bone through Old Boogerbooboo's
nose is removed. In panel 2 of page 8, the two Qwak Qwak have
bald heads instead of curly hair.
- US 40:
Oddball Odyssey [CBL04C,657]
For all panels, originally missing frames are added.
- US 40:
Posthasty Postman [CBL04C,677]
For all panels, thick black frames are added. This instead of
the coloured ones in the original.
- Set V
- [*] US 51:
How Green Was My Lettuce
Changes due to reconstruction. Balloons are added, altered and
deleted in the first two pages (as they were published by
Western) to fill in surviving unpublished art. For the same
reason, the silhouette of Scrooge is deleted from panel 8 of
page 2 (as it was published by Western). A full explanation
for all this altering is given in an article, where the
original page 2 (as it was published by Western) is shown.
- US 52:
The Great Wig Mystery [CBL05A,227]
According to Johnny A. Grote, the splash-panel of the story is
shortened in height at the lower border.
(Why? Couldn't the CBL-editors get a better version or was
it already shortened in the first print? Or was the version
the CBL used lenghtened and is it reconstructed as how Barks
- US 64:
Treasure of Marco Polo
Lots of dialogue is censored. Any reference to dictator,
rebel, civil war or revolution is changed to General, soldier,
or war. Panel 2 of page 16 and panel 7 of page 21 are changed.
In both, the garrotte Soy Bheen is about to strangle a rebel
with is removed in the CBL.
Go Slowly, Sands of Time [CBL05B,357]
The illustrations Barks both drew and coloured for this
text-story are printed in greyscale.
- Set VI
- FSG '46:
Santa's Stormy Visit
Redrawn (or at least heavily restored) and relettered. The
editors must have had a very bad version, since a lot of
originally bold lettered words are gone in the new lettering.
The Carl Barks Library in Color uses a much much better
version. The artwork is still often retouched, but this is
- FGW '47:
Three Good Little Ducks
Restoration occurs throughout the story, most noticable in
Donald's face in the bottom half of page 3 and in panel 4 of
In the Carl Barks Library in Color, the retouching of panel
8 of page 3 is a bit better (although in the original artwork
Donald's beak couldn't be seen entirely because of the water
falling on it). Too bad, the ugly eye of Donald in panel 4 of
page 7 is still there.
- CGW '47:
Donald Duck's Atom Bomb
Redrawn, relettered and censored. The redrawing is almost
entirely done by Daan Jippes. His version is
pasted into the original lay-out (one-tier pages instead of
four-tier pages), which can most obviously being seen in panel
3 of page 29. Panel 1 of page 7, panel 3 of page 14 and panels
2 and 3 of page 25 are not redrawn by Jippes. Other redrawn
(or at least restored) panels are used here, which are closer
to the original. Lots of backgrounds are different from
Jippes' version, but closer to the original.
Both panels on page 30 are censored. Originally, Donald had
got a way picked out to make money - and lots of
it! and went selling an
atomic hair-grower at 100
dollar a bottle. In this censored version, Donald has
than money in mind and gives away free samples of a normal
hair-grower. The word
atomic is removed from the
board, but most noticable are the cash register being replaced
for a pyramid of bottles and the people in the queue having
combs in their hands instead of bank-notes.
Detail: On page 16, the truncheon of a police-man is
changed into handcuffs (which is already the case in Jippes'
- MOC 20:
Redrawn, relettered and censored. The redrawing of page 1-5
and 10 is done by Daan Jippes, but the rest of it
is done by Dick Vlottes. They followed the
original and did not do the censoring, by the way
(except for leaving out panel 3 of page 15).
Vlottes' redrawing doesn't look very much like Barks' style,
which gives the story a very odd look.
The faces of the natives are changed, thick lips and
pointed teeth are removed. Original panel 3 of page 15
pictured two cannibals showing their teeth, saying that
they'll eat the ducks at moonrise if the professor doesn't
tell them to let go. Here, this panel is removed and panel 4
is extended to fill the gab. The dialogue is changed at
various places, references to
removed. Originally, the cannibals were bribed with
false teeth, now they get
(A rumour circulates that Disney had ordered all the proofs
destroyed years before the CBL publication. Is there anybody
who can confirm/refute this? And if it's not true, does it
mean they still exist or did they get lost in another way?
Does this rumour also include
Donald Duck's Atom Bomb
Race to the South Seas? Are the proofs of these
stories also somehow lost/destroyed?)
- MOC 41:
Race to the South seas
Redrawn by Daan Jippes, directly into the Dutch
language. This can still be seen in panel 4 of page 2, where
Dagobert appears on the lawyer's note instead of
Scrooge and in panel 2 of page 8 the name
appears on the boat instead of
Quack. Dialogue is
either taken from (a muddy xerox of) the original art or
relettered, most likely both.
Originally, the natives all had black hair (except the
mayor on page 14) while Jippes left their hair blank. Besides
this, the story has no (intended) differences with the original.
- KGW '54:
Donald Tells About Kites
Redrawn, (or at least heavily restored). The dialogue is
either taken from the original art or relettered, maybe both.
- USGTD 1: (Fantastic River Race)
Uncle Scrooge is added in the splash-panel,
which covers a part of the steamboat's smoke.
- Set VII
- WDC 34: (Good Deeds)
According to Johnny A. Grote, drawings of about 1 cm
length are pieced on at the right border of all pages. Is this
- WDC 42:
The bottom half of page 6 is re-inked.
- [*] WDC 63: (Ten-Dollar Dither)
The halos shown above the heads of the ducks in the last panel
are removed in the CBL. According to Barks in an April 1968
letter to Michael Barrier, they were added by an editor in the
original. The halos didn't do any harm to Barks' art, and the
Original panel is not shown.
- WDC 70: (The Smugsnorkle Squatty)
One half page redrawn: Panels 5 and 6 of page 9, and panels 1
and 2 of page 10.
- WDC 80: (Donald's Posy Patch)
Panel 3.8 is redrawn. Is the CBL-version taken from a reprint
in which this panel was removed for whatever reasons? Is there
someone who knows the story behind this?
- WDC 87: (The Terrible Turkey)
Pages 3, 5 and 6 are redrawn. This is odd, because in 1983 the
original artwork was printed by Dutch publisher Oberon.
- WH 845:
Donald Duck and the Boys
Restored, most noticable on the ducks' eyes and beaks.
- Set VIII and IX
- No known changes.
- Set X
- WDC 240:
The Fraidy Falcon
- Page 3 is restored, most noticable on the ducks' eyes and beaks.
- WDC 242:
- Page 7 is restored, most noticable on the ducks' eyes and beaks.
- WDC 255:
Crayfish and jellyfish added in panel 9 of page 8. The work of
- WDC 261:
Splash panel is lengthened at the lower border. Changed from a
Donald Duck story into a Junior Woodchuck story. The reason
for this is that a reprint in Junior Woodchuck
23 (November 1973) was used. Since it wasn't the opening-story
of the comic, the room which was left open for the indicia of
WDC 261 wasn't nescessary anymore and therefore filled.
- WDC 276:
Beach Boy [CBL10B,499]
Fish skeleton and indefinable plant added in panel 6 of page
8. The work of a joker?
- WDC 277:
The Duckburg Pet Parade
In panel 2 of page 3, Donald's speed-lines are retouched (with
very thick lines).
Lots of covers in CBL 10 are reproduced in a very bad
state, as if someone quickly took some polaroids and
then submitted them for printing. These are the
Barks-covers which are screwed up:
WDC 231, WDC 232, WDC 233, WDC 236, WDC 237, WDC
238, WDC 240, WDC 241, WDC 247, WDC 260, WDC 278, WDC
279, WDC 281, WDC 283, WDC 289, WDC 290, WDC 301, WDC
304, WDC 306, WDC 307, WDC 310, WDC 313, WDC 314, WDC
315, WDC 332, WDC 334, WDC 341, WDC 342, WDC 351, WDC
The 'un-Barkish' Barks-cover WDC 350 is printed in
black-and-white (it was included in the last minute,
since the editors at first thought it wasn't Barks).
On 2 December 1996, art-director Gary Leach
told about these covers:
No argument that these were screwed up. This set had to be
punched out before our CBL license expired. (Disney, in the
process of taking over the comics license, was not in the mood
to extend any other license we had at the time.) By the time
we got the proofs on the photography of the covers, it was too
late to redo anything, so it was print what we had or leave
those covers unrepresented. We chose the former, for the sake
of completing the job, and accept all brickbats for the lapse
- There's one cover (which Barks only sketched) which isn't published
in the CBL, even though it is mentioned in Mike Barrier's book
Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book. This sketch
was made in 1960. Much later, this cover was inked by
Ulrich Schröder, and published in German fanzine
Der Hamburger Donaldist #50 (January 1985, although
the cover says December 1984).
The cover was also printed on a Dutch weekly in 1992. As far
as is known, the original sketch still hasn't surfaced in any
(Information from the Disney-Comics Mailing List, november 1996)
Last updated February 18, 1999.
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